Rick Santelli gives a dramatic “guess who said this” reading to Barack Obama’s imaginary 2006 senatorial speech against raising the debt limit. Power Line readers know who “said it” (he didn’t actually say it) because John wrote about it here. We can’t go to the tape to hear Obama say it because Obama never gave the speech; he simply had the speech inserted into the Congressional Record. Santelli’s dramatic reading therefore serves a good purpose.
In his 2006 speech then Senator Obama railed against raising the debt limit, an act he condemned as “a failure of leadership.” Then Senator Obama was the kind of guy President Obama and his toadies have condemned over the past week or two as extortionists, arsonists, murderers and terrorists. Have I missed any of the crude opprobrium Obama has flung at Republicans?
Then Senator Obama wasn’t an extortionist or an arsonist, even metaphorically. He was just a big flogging phony and demagogue. That hasn’t changed, but you already knew that.